by Brian Herne
(Steve Robinson - South Africa)
The book tells of Brian Herne's experiences of living and working as a Professional Hunter in Uganda from the early 1960s to mid 1970s. The story is told in relaxed manner and the reader often feels as though he is sitting around an African campfire with the author chatting about years gone by when the pearl of Africa was at it's peak and Uganda held the crown of African hunting.
Mr Herne not only talks about his life and his (dramatically wonderful) hunting experiences but also the area, it's peoples, history and wonderful characters.
This book is an absolute 'must read' for not only anyone who has ever been or ever hopes to go on an African hunting safari but also anyone who has even the slightest interest in anything to do with dark continent and the hey day of sport hunting in Africa.
The author also shows an incredible foresight because his closing words relate to his leaving Uganda along with a great many others when forced to do so by Idi Amin are "Farewell Uganda, for the time being. It will all have to change one day. Nothing is permanent. We will hunt there again"
He was right. Uganda is now reopening to hunting and I'm scheduled to guide my first Karamoja safari in a few weeks time.
My thanks to Brian Herne not only for the pleasure of being able to read his book but also for so much information which I just know is going to be of immense use to me.